Summary of “Help Your Team Do More Without Burning Out”

Our immediate behavioral response to friction shares one feature with much of the general advice about speeding up: It is plainly counterproductive and leads to burn out rather than break out.
The key to speeding up without burning up is a concept I call co-drive.
If you need to move on from the first growth curve in your career, and want to take on more challenges, you need to exchange ego-drive for co-drive.
Conveying a sense of urgency is useful, but an excess of urgency suffocates team development and reflection at the very point it is needed.
If you lead by beating the drum, setting tight deadlines, and burning the midnight oil, your team becomes overly dependent on your presence.
Sustainable speed is achievable only if the team propels itself without your presence.
Rather than cubicled problem-solving, sustainable speed requires a shift toward more collective creation: Gathering often, engaging issues openly and inviting others to improve on your own thoughts and decisions.
Headhunters call this change of perspective from ego-drive to co-drive “Executive maturity.” The mature leader’s burning question is: how do I help others perform?

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Summary of “‘Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world”

If the world wants to limit climate change, water scarcity and pollution, then we all need to embrace “Flexitarian” diets, say scientists.
Without action, the impacts of the food system could increase by up to 90%. Fast on the heels of the landmark report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change comes this new study on how food production and consumption impact major threats to the planet.
The authors say that the food system has a number of significant environmental impacts including being a major driver of climate change, depleting freshwater and pollution through excessive use of nitrogen and phosphorous.
“We can eat a range of healthy diets but what they all have in common, according to the latest scientific evidence, is that they are all relatively plant based,” said lead author Dr Marco Springmann from the University of Oxford.
“You can go from a diet that has small amounts of animal products, some might call it a Mediterranean based diet, we call it a flexitarian diet, over to a pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan diet – we tried to stay with the most conservative one of these which in our view is the flexitarian one, but even this has only one serving of red meat per week.”
If the world moved to this type of diet, the study found that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would be reduced by more than half.
“Tackling food loss and waste will require measures across the entire food chain, from storage, and transport, over food packaging and labelling to changes in legislation and business behaviour that promote zero-waste supply chains,” said Fabrice de Clerck, director of science at EAT who funded the study.
“Feeding a world population of 10 billion people is possible – yet only if we change the way we eat, and the way we produce food,” said Johan Rockström, director designate of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who is one of the authors of the study.

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Summary of “Huge reduction in meat-eating ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown”

Huge reductions in meat-eating are essential to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of the food system’s impact on the environment.
“Feeding a world population of 10 billion is possible, but only if we change the way we eat and the way we produce food,” said Prof Johan Rockström at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, who was part of the research team.
“Greening the food sector or eating up our planet: this is what is on the menu today.”
“But dietary and technological change [on farms] are the two essential things, and hopefully they can be complemented by reduction in food loss and waste.” About a third of food produced today never reaches the table.
The researchers found a global shift to a “Flexitarian” diet was needed to keep climate change even under 2C, let alone 1.5C. This flexitarian diet means the average world citizen needs to eat 75% less beef, 90% less pork and half the number of eggs, while tripling consumption of beans and pulses and quadrupling nuts and seeds.
The millions of people in poor nations who are undernourished need to eat a little more meat and dairy.
Reducing meat consumption might be achieved by a mix of education, taxes, subsidies for plant-based foods and changes to school and workplace menus, the scientists said.
A global change is needed, he said: “I think we can do it, but we really need much more proactive governments to provide the right framework. People can make a personal difference by changing their diet, but also by knocking on the doors of their politicians and saying we need better environmental regulations – that is also very important. Do not let politicians off the hook.”

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Summary of “Banana slicers and pre-peeled oranges: “useless” products can help people with disabilities”

Help may also take a human face: Personal care assistants, aides, home health attendants, and other direct service professionals are vital, though there’s also a heavy social expectation that family members provide unpaid caregiving labor, a practice many people with disabilities oppose along with other exploitative labor practices.
Kim Sauder, a disability scholar and advocate, notes that people with disabilities may not want to be forced to wait for help with tasks like peeling oranges; there’s something very dehumanizing about the thought of just wanting a snack and being stymied by a rind you can’t remove on your own.
Many people with disabilities complain that these assessments tend to understate the amount of care they need, taking a “Budget-driven” approach.
Some of the most useful products for people with disabilities weren’t developed with them in mind Products like the banana slicer, pizza shears, or similar items, says Hartley, can be especially useful for people who can’t safely or comfortably use knives.
These universal design practices are something people with disabilities are aware of.
People with disabilities themselves often end up filling the gaps for those who haven’t or can’t access professional services.
Sauder notes, for example, that a tweet making fun of peeled and packaged oranges has gained notoriety multiple times, even after people with disabilities have criticized the sentiment behind the original “Joke.” Each time it pops up in Sauder’s timeline under a new name, it goes viral all over again.
It’s not just that people with disabilities have a use for items like these and are tired of hearing that they’re wasteful or silly: When the need for such products is called into question, it can exacerbate social divides that contribute to larger policy issues that keep people with disabilities from public life, whether it’s the frenzied call for straw bans, claims that complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act is too onerous, or applying work requirements to Medicaid.

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Summary of “Five mistakes I made with my houseplants”

She’d be pulling weeds or fertilizing flowers or planting whatever went in the ground that time of year; or she might be harvesting tomatoes, edging the sidewalk or moving the sprinkler from one zone to the next.
Here are the five greatest mistakes I made as I progressed from serial plant killer to someone who manages to mostly keep things alive – sometimes even thriving.
For some reason, these factors never occurred to me when I started picking out plants – I just looked for things that were pretty.
Snake plants, spider plants and pothos are good for novice gardeners.
Although plants do need hydration, I was soaking them without keeping track of how much and how often I was watering, and, worse, not actually evaluating whether a drink was needed.
Now, to idiot-proof the process, I keep a little notebook with watering details based on the particular plant’s needs, along with a schedule and notations about volume.
The basil plant in my kitchen will go limp like a damsel on a fainting couch when it needs water.
Although there are plenty of good reasons to have plants in your home – including the fact that they can improve air quality – I admit that the real reason I originally started a houseplant collection was that I liked the way they looked.

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Summary of “The 3 Requirements For Huge Success”

Decide Exactly What You Want And Why”The bigger the ‘why’ the easier the ‘how’.” - Jim RohnYour goal or desired outcome needs to be truly desirable.
Jim Rohn once said, “Reasons come first, answers come second.” You need reasons for doing something.
If you have big goals, you’ll need more resources, a team of people to help you, and probably lots more income.
You need to start succeeding even in small ways toward your goals.
Lots of people imagine themselves at Stage 5 when they don’t even know how to get out of Stage 1 or 2.Whatever your goal is, you need to develop a plan.
Once you ascend to a certain level, you’ll need to re-define the WHY - your reasons for what you’re doing.
The idea is simple, you need to have a clearly defined goal that is meaningful to you.
You then need clear plans and strategies for reaching that goal.

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Summary of “What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work”

Articles about the remote work lifestyle have tended to focus on drinking piña coladas on the beach, traveling the world, and otherwise enjoying a life that inspires envy in your social media following.
Why remote companies need to openly acknowledge the mental health challenges of remote workMy story isn’t unique among remote workers.
In contrast to a traditional office, remote work puts much more focus on output - what did you get done - rather than input - how many hours did you spend doing it.
At Doist, we’ve been too slow in actively thinking about how remote work affects our team’s mental wellbeing and what we can actively do to create an environment where people can come with their struggles and get the support that they need.
We talk about remote work as the solution to many problems the world faces, but the research suggests that human beings weren’t meant to work in isolation.
At the end of another 2-year study that focused specifically on remote work, over half of an experimental remote group decided not to continue working from home 100% of the time.
As a remote company, we need to honestly acknowledge the downsides of remote work and do more to help our people thrive in all areas of their lives.
We’re still in the early stages of figuring out how remote work affects our mental health and what we can do to improve the situation.

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Summary of “Give Your Team the Freedom to Do the Work They Think Matters Most”

The idea can be stated simply enough: A liberated company allows employees complete freedom and responsibility to take actions that they-not their managers-decide are best for their company’s vision.
Every morning, a liberated company’s manager would ask whether there is anything preventing her team from doing their best.
As a result, today all warehouse teams manage the order fulfillment by themselves, and many teams set their own work schedules.
The reason for it is not in some top-management talk about serving the “Whole person.” It’s simply that feeding psychological needs lead to higher engagement and-as a consequence-to higher team productivity and initiative and increased corporate performance.
Some managers make the transition into leaders serving their teams easily.
Given the discretion allowed in freedom-based companies, a shared vision is fundamental since it provides a common criterion for the teams to make their decisions.
The respect tide will stimulate teams’ willingness to set their own work schedules or to make their own hires, and these demands affect organizational processes.
Your employees will be willing to come to work every day to do their best, your manager-leaders will spend their days revealing employee potential, and you will enjoy dinner every night with your family knowing that your business is succeeding.

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Summary of “Why Seclusion Is the Enemy of Creativity”

In 1545, Jacopo da Pontormo scored a major commission from Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to paint the main chapel of Florence’s church of San Lorenzo.
A contemporary of masters like Michelangelo, Pontormo was a distinguished but aging artist who was eager to secure his legacy.
Pontormo died before his work on the chapel was done, and none of it survives, but the legendary Renaissance writer Vasari visited the site soon after the painter’s death.
Employees depend on leaders for their jobs, investors demand they hit milestones, and customers need them to solve problems.
Even friends and family struggle to understand the burden of a job they’ve never had. It’s all too easy for leaders to erect metaphorical walls as impenetrable as Pontormo’s chapel and, once built, those walls inevitably begin to close in.
Pontormo’s ultimate undoing wasn’t the chapel he walled off, but the destructive ruminations he couldn’t escape.
Imagine what Pontormo could have accomplished, who he might have become, and the millions he might have inspired, if he had thrown open the doors.
Perhaps Pontormo’s most lasting legacy is the story of his fall from grace.

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Summary of “How To Get Rid Of The Thoughts That Are Clogging Your Brain”

You’re thinking all the time, and yet, you never think about how much time you spend thinking.
I’ll tell you why it’s a mistake to assume positive thoughts are good.
Let’s talk about the difference between positive thoughts and negative thoughts.
What most self-help advice says is, scrap the negative thoughts and double down on the positive thoughts.
Positive thoughts should make our lives better, right?
The only way to stop identifying yourself with your thoughts is to stop following through on all your thoughts.
Every time you start thinking, don’t follow through, just observe how you start thinking.
It’s called THINK STRAIGHT. Check it out if you want to learn more about controlling your thoughts.

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